Autism Services Evaluation Team Training
NWRESD's Autism Team works to build capacity in our component districts by providing training to evaluation teams. We offer comprehensive workshops for those new to the ASD evaluation process as well as 'Evaluation Team Tune-Ups'. To learn more about scheduling an evaluation team training in Washington, Columbia, Clatsop, or Tillamook counties, contact Tina Meier-Nowell. Use the links below to access references and other resources.
Welcome to the Evaluation Team Training Site
Introduction to Autism:
We will cover the four defining areas of challenge for an individual with ASD. Although ASD is a wide spectrum, here are some common core factors that need to be established and understood to determine eligibility. As research and learning is ongoing, please don’t limit yourself to these few resources. Listed under resources are two excellent sites.
OCALI is a progressive learning center for people working with people with autism. It is informative and up-to-date in the newest of knowledge. It will take signing up for an account with OCALI, but that is available to you without cost. In looking specifically at this section and the idea of identification and differential diagnosis.
AUTISM SPEAKS has an ASD video glossary that has taken a great technological approach to viewing kids identified on the spectrum and kids who are neurotypical. It is mostly with younger children, however gives you a good feel of the areas of concern in use.
Please refer to the OCALI site for current up to date trainings and education on factors relating to autism.
What is Autism PowerPoint
ASD Fact Sheet ( English)
ASD Fact Sheet (Spanish)
Go to the following website and register to view the ASD video Glossary of Autism speaks:
Is That All? PowerPoint
Differential Diagnosis PowerPoint
Differential Diagnosis Grids
TBI Compared to Ed, ADHD, LD, ASD
Formal Definitions in Relation to State and Federal
More Legal Components of Eligibility for ASD
This section is full of details! There is some specific information related to the regulations of eligibility. Pay special attention to the really good focused detail in the relationship between autism and emotional disorders. As of right now, there is a difference between an educational and medical eligibility that you need to be aware of. It is important to know that students RIGHT NOW can have an educational eligibility of ASD and not a medical diagnosis. The state is however working on a system where the two eligibilities will become one- but that is still out there in the future. Please see the Eligibility Requirements PowerPoint for your reference.
It's the Law
Medical v. Education Eligibility
Reading Medical Reports
This resource has been created by the state- it is the TAPS (technical assistance paper) that offers the full process and information.
Pre-Referral & the Pre-Referral Meeting
This section will guide you through the time of wondering (do we have a student who fits the eligibility of ASD?) to gathering of consent from families for the ASD evaluation. There is a lot of information in this process as this involves lots of different team members at different times. Included in the information we hope you hear a tone of collaboration and teamwork in the process that can be difficult for parents.
Pre-Referral Process PowerPoint
Pre-Referral Meeting PowerPoint
Here are some forms to gain information about what staff are seeing in the school setting:
ASD Pre-Referral example from Eastern Oregon
NWRESD EI/ECSE ASD Referral Packet
Initial Response Intervention Worksheet
NWRESD ASD Referral Packet
This section is full of detail and specifics to the ASD evaluation process. It takes each component and discusses it in more detail. If you complete all the components listed in this section, you will have completed the basic requirements of an educational ASD eligibility.
Developmental History PowerPoint
Samples of forms Include:
ASD Parent Interview
Description: Newest of interview scales used for eligibility with DSM-V criteria and a tool used by CDRC and their autism team. A good piece of information to include in a packet that may be forwarded on when parents pursue a possible medical eligibility. It is geared for younger students, but as noted in directions can be modified to fit students' current age and development.
Behavior Rating Scales
Administering the Behavior Rating Scale PowerPoint
Behavior Rating Scales PowerPoint
ASRS Technical Report
ASRS Sample Form
CARS2 Sample Forms:
- CARS2 - Standard Version Autism Rating Scale
- CARS 2 High Functioning Version
- CARS2 Questionnaire for Parents or Caregivers
Observations, Direct Interactions & Interviews:CARcarss2 form
Medical Statement & Sensory Profile
Medical Statement PowerPoint
Sensory Profile PowerPoint
Medical Statement Forms:
Additional Assessments to Determine Impact or Educational Needs
Additional Assessments PowerPoint
Pulling It All Together
Regardless of eligibility outcome, the team will need to have a report and eligibility statement completed.
Writing the Report
Writing the Report PowerPoint
This is a sample report. There is no "mandated' format, just one we use in our county. Sample report with explanations.
Template with Explanations
Completing the Eligibility
Completing the Eligibility PowerPoint
The Three Year Re-Evaluation
Most frequently you are asked to complete three year re-evaluations for the students with an ASD eligibility. Some of these are quick and more of an exercise in process- yet there are some that are trickier and call for the team to explore further in the student’s learning needs and profile. In this section, we will talk about some reasons why you
might do further evaluation and what you need for the majority of re-evaluation team decisions.
The Three Year Evaluation PowerPoint
Written Agreement Form
Prior Notice for Evaluation
Template for File Review Report
Just Food for Thought:PowerPoint
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Christina Meier-Nowell ASD Consultant